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29 September 1995 (USA) See more »
A documentary presenting mankind's most ambitious effort at perfecting the means to its own annihilation... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

William Shatner ... Himself - Narrator

Edward Teller ... Himself - Nuclear Physicist (also archive footage) (as Dr. Edward Teller)
W.H.P. Blandy ... Himself - Commander Joint Task Force One (archive footage) (as Vice Admiral W.H.P. Blandy)
Frank H. Shelton ... Himself - Nuclear Weaponeer (as Dr. Frank H. Shelton)

Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself - U.S. President (archive footage)
Adlai Stevenson ... Himself - U.S Ambassador (1961-1965) to the United Nations (archive footage)
Randall William Cook ... Newsreel Narrator (archive sound)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nikolai Bulganin ... Himself (archive footage)

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage)
Everett Dirksen ... Himself (archive footage)

Albert Einstein ... Himself (archive footage)
Enrico Fermi ... Himself (archive footage)

Reed Hadley ... Himself (archive footage)
Averell Harriman ... Himself (archive footage)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
Hubert H. Humphrey ... Himself (archive footage)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Nikita Khrushchev ... Himself (archive footage)
Zedong Mao ... Himself (archive footage)
Anastas Mikoyan ... Himself (archive footage)

Marilyn Monroe ... Herself (archive footage)
J. Robert Oppenheimer ... Himself (archive footage)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage)
Dean Rusk ... Himself (archive footage)
Woodrow P. Swancutt ... Himself (archive footage)
Leo Szilard ... Himself (archive footage)
Mark Tapscott ... Announcer (archive footage)
Paul Tibbets ... Himself (archive footage)

Wernher von Braun ... Himself (archive footage)
Roy Neal ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Kuran 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Scott Narrie 
Don Pugsley 

Produced by
Lyle Conway .... associate producer
Peter Kuran .... producer
Alan Munro .... producer
Marilyn Nave .... associate producer
Jacqueline Zietlow .... co-producer
Original Music by
William T. Stromberg 
Cinematography by
Barbu Marian 
Film Editing by
Peter Kuran 
Makeup Department
Wendy Jill York .... hair stylist
Wendy Jill York .... make-up
Production Management
Clay Woods .... production manager: Technicolor Creative Services
Sound Department
Robert E. Borge .... stereo consultant
Bob Goold .... project sound editor
Jo Martin .... production sound
Michael Miller .... voice recordist
Mark A. Rozett .... re-recording mixer (as Mark Rozett)
Daniel W. Victor Jr. .... stereo consultant
Dave Yamamoto .... re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Michael Aguilar .... digital animation
Erik Anderson .... digital artist
Katsuyoshi Arita .... photography assistant
Robert Capps .... digital artist (as Bob Capps)
William S. Conner .... visual effects photography
Joseph Conti .... digital animation (as Joe Conti)
David Emerson .... optical supervisor (as Dave Emerson)
Brian Griffin .... digital supervisor
Todd Hall .... optical printer photography
Littleton Brothers .... digital animation
Lisa Mann .... additional printer
Jo Martin .... editorial supervisor
Dan Meadors .... digital artist
Pam Vick .... digital animation
Steve Weinman .... digital artist
Enid Tihanyi Zentelis .... digital artist (as Enid Zentelis)
Gary Zietlow .... additional photography
Camera and Electrical Department
Cynthia Pusheck .... first assistant camera
Amanda Thompson .... first assistant camera
Editorial Department
Gary Barron .... colorist: Technicolor Creative Services
Music Department
Ellen Levine .... music recordist
Ellen Levine .... orchestra manager
Lennie Moore .... composer: additional music
Lennie Moore .... orchestrator
John W. Morgan .... composer: additional music
John W. Morgan .... orchestrator
Edward Shahnazarain .... music recordist
Edward Shahnazarain .... orchestra manager
Edgardo Simone .... orchestrator
William T. Stromberg .... conductor
William T. Stromberg .... orchestrator
Christine H. Luethje .... music editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Avelino Deleon .... production assistant (as Avelino DeLeon)
David Fox .... legal consultant
Dan Harary .... publicist
Diane Holland .... primary archival film source: FCDNA-DASIAC
Roger Meade .... primary archival film source: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Kimberly Terhorst .... production assistant
Steve Wofford .... primary archival film source: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Nick Anning .... special thanks
Lisa Baratta .... special thanks
Sondra Beirre .... special thanks
Debbie Bingham .... special thanks
Larry Bynak .... special thanks (as Major Larry Bynak)
Anna Chi .... special thanks
Patricia W. French .... special thanks
Dave Harris .... special thanks
Joni Hezlep .... special thanks
Donald Hornig .... special thanks
Brian Jochum .... special thanks
George Lockwood .... special thanks
Igor Morozov .... special thanks
Lewis Motisher .... special thanks
Kay Peterson .... special thanks
Frank H. Shelton .... special thanks (as Dr. Frank H. Shelton)
Fred Toye .... special thanks (as Fred E.O. Toye)

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The soundtrack for this documentary was performed by the Moscow Symphony, and recorded in Moscow. Oddly, this allowed people to view the previously classified material that the former USSR, now Russia, wanted and tried hard to procure it.See more »
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25 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Some serious omissions, 29 July 2002
Author: Peter (fineanimal) from San Diego, California

This is definitely a film worth watching, although it's "objectivity" suffers from some rather serious omissions.

"Trinity and Beyond" offers a decent summary of the history of human flirtation with the power of nuclear weapons. One comes away from the film with two main impressions: 1) (for older viewers) a renewed gratitude that we never witnessed a full-scale nuclear war, and 2) amazement at the utterly childlike and naive way in which governments developed and tested nuclear weapons, with almost no responsible consideration of potential consequences for human beings. Everything was done for the sake of protecting and preserving abstract institutions--nations, governments and the like--with no meaningful concern for the human beings who comprise those institutions.

However, if "Trinity and Beyond" was intended to make us really think about the consequences of flirting with the atom, it failed on several counts:

1) The real devastation wrought by the United States upon human beings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was never shown. Not even one image of a silhouette on a Japanese building caused by an incinerated human was shown. There were no images of Japanese zombies walking through the rubble in shock with their flesh blown clear off their bodies. No images of children with their eyeballs hanging out of their sockets. Almost all of the film footage is presented from a safe, sterile distance, much like bomber pilots must witness while delivering so much death. This incomprehensible omission alone constitutes a default endorsement of nuclear weapons development and testing, and challenges any claim that "Trinity and Beyond" is an objective film.

2) There is no meaningful mention of the US government's use of American citizens as virtual guinea pigs, as far as the effects of radiation are concerned. Apart from mentioning that a small boat had once entered a testing area during a test, no mention was made of the blatant disregard governments showed for their own soldiers and citizens while studying the effects of nuclear blasts and subsequent fallout.

3) Much is made of footage of nuclear explosions in space without a single mention of what could have happened if a rocket had accidentally gone off-course into a populated area instead. Even stunning footage of a rocket exploding on the launch pad fails to mention whether or not a nuclear weapon was on board that rocket.

Furthermore, the ending was visually terrifying, yet without narrative explanation it fails to make any specific point. It does, however, tend to demonize a certain country, which again challenges all claims to objectivity.

Overall, "Trinity and Beyond" offers a striking visual experience, especially for people who experienced life during the Cold War. Unfortunately, this film is one of the least-thought provoking documentaries I have ever seen, and that is a crying shame given the extraordinarily serious subject under consideration.

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